Vancouver Island High Trail Honey Ale

Formerly brewed at Vancouver Island Brewing
Style: Amber Ale
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 2.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Whether the trail takes us through a lush rainforest, a wave-swept beach or a remote mountain pass, when it comes to hiking, weve got it good on Vancouver Island. High Trail Honey Ale is a tribute to our majestic wilderness, vast rolling meadows and the mighty peaks of this Island we call home. We created a smooth, medium bodied ale with a slightly sweet honey finish by utilizing a combination of local wildflower honey and roasted barley malts.

New name same great taste! Formerly Spyhopper Honey Brown.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WheatKing (1338) - Phnom Penh, - JUL 18, 2012
(Small bottle from the brewery; you can buy them individually there) I love the name. They should have saved it for a hoppy beer, for the pun, but whatever. The honey flavour is definitely there, which is more than you can say for a lot of "honey" beers... the beers fairly tasteless overall, and I was expecting an English Brown but this has Continential hops... cant complain, though, its ok. I guess it does START to make the leap from "thin" to "delicate". I suppose theyre brewing what Joe Shmo wants.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonas (7472) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - DEC 6, 2016
2015 backlog. Neutral nose Dark golden, offwhite lace Light roast, mellow medium light mouthfeel, restrained hop finish. Somewhat anonymous

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeanF (2447) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2016
Modest sweet aroma and starchy old socks. Minimal head and good orange body. Flavour is sweet malts with structure.a good well above average honey ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
weissbierdrinker (28) - - JUN 16, 2015
Sweet aroma. Succeeded in adding in a honeyish taste. Not a fan of the aftertaste, expected it to be more fresh or maybe even less dry. Overall quite smooth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Palidor19 (3182) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2015
Had this at a little bar on a cruise last year, a very nice mellow beer with a very light crisp honey taste, not too heavy on the malt though, clean and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (20321) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
Draught at Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar (W. Broadway), Vancouver
Golden color with compact head. It has light malt aroma and flavor; the mouthfeel is rather dry; ordinary bitterness; the honey is not evident.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vadie (1256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
Jaune pale avec un arme de crales et un peu du malt. Le got est maigre, un peu de crales et un peu de miel. Carbonization moyenne. Pas mal typique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lagerboy (2166) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
341 ml bottle. Clear golden yellow, white foamy head fades fully and completely. Sweet light malt aroma. Good honey content, biscuit malt taste, and not much else. Very soft carbonation bordering on flat, light bodied, low hopped. Ho-hum. Better straight from the bottle. LF (Lagerboy Friendly)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (6658) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Tap, brewery. Pours a clear dark gold with a small wispy white head. The nose is sweet honey and pale malt with minimal hops. The flavor is rather sweet and bland, lots of honey. Mouthfeel is light, yet still a bit sticky with fizzy carbonation. Overall, a bit boring and bland, a little too sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
simonblaine (576) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2015 It is ok. Not exactly heavily carbonated. Slightly sweet aroma, grassy, taste is slightly sweet, decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
Pours a clear amber with little initial white head that completely disappears. Aroma is biscuits, bready and faint honey like notes. Taste is bready, grassy, mildly bitter with some sweet honey notes. Overall not a bad addition of honey to an otherwise Unimpressive and easily forgettable beer.

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